Children and the Law

Section 1, Spring 20

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 15/17
Credits: 3

Course Description

In this seminar students will examine the law’s treatment of children’s rights, and state obligations to children, in the context of three sets of relationships: (1) Children, their families, and the State; (2) Children and the Courts; and (3) Children and Custodial Agencies (Departments of Social Services and Juvenile Justice, and Schools). Through reading and discussing a wide array of materials – cases, law review articles, social science research, and media accounts – students will explore the current state of the law regarding these relationships, the complexities involved with assigning rights and responsibilities to children and those who care for them, the inconsistent views we have of when childhood begins and ends, and the barriers and limitations on courts and legislatures when making decisions regarding children.

Course Requirements

Exam Info:
Midterm Type (if any): None
Description: None

Final Type (if any): None
Description: None
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Written Work Product
Written Work Product: Students will write three papers (all due via EXPO, deadlines to be announced): The first paper will be a short (up to 3 pages) reaction paper to court observation. The second paper will be 10 pages on based on one of the assigned readings. The third paper will be 10 pages and on a relevant topic chosen by the student.

Other Work
Students will be required to observe a local juvenile and domestic relations court and to help lead one of the classes. Students may be asked to give oral defenses of their papers to the class. Class participation is also expected.

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: None Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: None
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: Yes
Course Notes:

Graduation Requirements

*Satisfies Writing Requirement: No
**Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: No
Satisfies Professional Ethics: No

*Yes means professor requires everyone in the course to submit a substantial research paper (which is the requirement standard in Academic Policies), so no paperwork required to be submitted to SRO. No means student must timely submit paperwork to SRO if intending to use a paper in this course to satisfy the Writing Requirement.

**Yes indicates course credits count towards UVA Law’s Prof. Skills graduation requirement, not necessarily a skills requirements for any particular state bar.

General Information

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Cross Listed: No
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